According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), one of the leading causes of injury and death among Americans 65 and older are falls. The CPSC recommends the following safety tips for seniors to help prevent accidental falls:

  • Check stairways for safety: treads that are secure, carpeting that is not loose or worn, even heights of risers, take care of any protruding nails, get rid of clutter stored on steps, secure handrails, etc.
  • Floors should be kept clean and spill-free; make sure that carpets and area rugs are non-skid and keep floors clear of any wires or other obstacles that may trip you.
  • Have grab bars installed in bath tubs and showers, and make sure any bathroom rugs are non-skid.
  • If you have to use a ladder or step-stool, be sure it has a top handrail and that there is someone nearby to assist you if necessary.
  • If you are sitting or lying down, be sure you stand up slowly.
  • Consider getting an alert system in case you are alone and fall.
  • Post all emergency numbers near the phone or on the refrigerator, i.e. emergency contacts, doctors, poison control.
  • Place frequently used items within reach and off of high shelves.
  • Remove potential tripping hazards: electric cords, low lying furniture, area rugs, loose carpet.
  • Inspect walkways and driveways and repair any problem areas.
  • Install ramps outside and inside the home where necessary for wheelchairs.
  • Even out differences in floor heights from room to room by installing beveled thresholds.
  • Check that footwear worn in the home has non-skid soles and is in good condition.
  • Install or inspect smoke alarms to assure proper functioning.
  • Remove clutter from main traffic areas.
  • Inspect handrails for proper, secure installation and that they can support appropriate weight.
  • Position furniture to allow plenty of space for walking. Remove furniture if need be.
  • Don’t use chairs with rollers on the legs.
  • Replace handles on doors, cabinets, and furniture that makes grasping them easier.

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